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    COLBRUCE'S Vicbred record is destined never to be broken

    QUALITY mare Maajida will attempt to join an elite group at Tabcorp Park Melton on New Year’s Eve. Engaged in the four-year-old leg of... Aiming to join elite company

    QUALITY mare Maajida will attempt to join an elite group at Tabcorp Park Melton on New Year’s Eve.

    Engaged in the four-year-old leg of the rich Vicbred Super Series, Maajida is aiming for a clean sweep of the futurity’s Finals.

    The Emma Stewart-trained daughter of Somebeachsomewhere captured the two and three-year-old deciders in 2019 and 2020.

    Should the Australian Pacing Gold purchase complete the set she will join Colbruce as the only pacers to win the three.

    It’s likely Colbruce will forever hold a Vicbred record, however, having won four Finals!

    The Noel Shinn-trained colt was triumphant on June 1, 1996 before the event was declared a “No Race”.

    Returning to Moonee Valley a fortnight later, Colbruce was once again victorious in what was a fitting win.

    The son of Muckalee Strike was then successful as a three-year-old in May 1997 and at four in December ’97.

    Trotters have a superior ‘clean sweep’ record, with four squaregaiters part of the group.

    Table Card was the ground breaker in 1987, ’88 and ’89, followed by Noopy Kiosk in 1995, ’96 and ’97, Spidergirl in 2012, ’13 and ’14 and Claudys Princess in 2013, ’14 and ‘15.

    As for Maajida, she’ll have to overcome an inside of the second draw against a strong field.

    Runner-up to Spellbound in their heat, Maajida was then successful in her semi.

    “The draw hasn’t made it easy on her,” Stewart said. “She’s going to need a bit of luck from there.

    “That said, she is a class filly which is in great form and spot on for the Final.

    “Now we’ll just have to see what happens on the night.”

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